House in Bugarach, Nr. Rennes Le Chateau, Aude, Languedoc-Roussillon, France - Located On Edge Of Mountain Village, Near Cathar Footpaths, 5 Minutes Walk To Lake
Alexandra de Souza
- english, french, spanish
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Ode to Aude
We’ve had the holiday of a lifetime in this fabulous house in Bugarach. This is a large house with extensive grounds and yet it retained a cozy and intimate feeling. The house and grounds have the most amazing views of the Pic de Bugarach, The village is quiet and the locals are extremely friendly.
During our two weeks stay we clambered up mountains, hiked through forests and gorges, assailed castles, visited beautiful villages and churches, shopped until we dropped in local markets, swam with the fishes and the locals in the nearby lake and canoed the river Aude
Although we did lots of activities during our stay, this was also the most relaxed holiday we have ever had. We went with two older kids (10 and 11 years old). They loved fishing in the brook next to the house as well as playing in the enormous garden and roaming around the village. Although the owners do warn that some stairs in the house aren’t suitable for very young children, these stairs are right at the top of the house and in most of the sleeping areas this wasn’t a problem. Our kids had no problem at all with the top floor.
The kitchen is a lovely and natural gathering place to hang out. It is as well equipped as the description says and the Aga cooker was lovely. The kitchen is a great place to chill, chat and play games. On cooler evenings we drifted to the comfy lounge next to the wood-burning stove to play charades. We thoroughly recommend having a barbeque in the garden with the mountain as backdrop and seeing the Milky Way dazzle as it gets pitch dark.
We realize that we have found something special in this house and location and we hope others enjoy it as much as we did.
Séjour au calme
Nous avons beaucoup apprécié cette semaine de vacances à Bugarach. La maison est agréable et a beaucoup de charme. Le petit jardin à l'arrière de la maison est frais et permet de passer de bon moments. L'endroit est idéal pour marcher, faire du vélo, se baigner et se reposer !
Une charmante demeure très agréable à vivre !
Nous avons passé un excellent séjour dans la charmante maison d'Alexandra. La maison est très agréable à vivre et nous avons adoré le petit jardinet ombragé, face au Pech de Bugarach. Calme assuré et accès au sentier cathare à deux pas. Nous reviendrons avec plaisir.
Sophie et Christophe
Lovely house in a quiet village with many things to enjoy in the area
We had very nice holidays with our family at Bugarach. The house is large enough for eight persons. The house is renovated in a lovely style, their is a wonderful view on the Pic de Bugarach. Despite it was hot during the days, the temperature at the house was very pleasant. We enjoyed to go to the lake almost every day. There are a lot of things to do, seeing the Gorges of Galamus, mounting to the Pic de Bugarach and observing vultures and eagles at the "observatoir de vautour" near Renne-les-Bains. The village is calme and nice, with a wonderful market every friday evening.
Nearest beaches, close to Perpigan, can be reached in 1hr 15mins approx. The beaches of northern Spain can be reached in 2 hours. The beautiful Spanish coastal village of Cadaques, once home to Salvador Dali, can be visited on a day trip.
Bugarach is midway between the airports of Perpignan and Carcassonne, both just over one hour away. Carcassonne airport is open all year round, while Perpignan closes over the winter. Girona airport (Spain) and Toulouse airport are both about 2h 30mins away.
TGV services from Paris
Car necessary, preferably from airport, since public transport does not reach Bugarach.
Perpignan airport 60Km/37miles approx; Carcassonne airport 58Km/36miles approx
Limoux 33Km/25 miles; Quillan 25Km/15 miles; Couiza, 17Km/11 miles;
Esperaza 21Km/13 miles; Rennes-les-Bains 9Km/5.5 miles;
Rennes-le-Chateau 13km/8 miles; Chateau de Peyrepetuse 25Km/15.5 miles;
Gorges de Galamus 15Km/9 miles; Cadaques, Spain 151Km/94 miles; Andorra 111Km/69 miles
Landscape/climate: mountainous limestone area, occupying 3 climate zones giving rise to Mediterranean summers, Northern European winters, year-round mountain influence and a wealth of flora and fauna. The village, nestling under Bugarach mountain, is surrounded by broad-leaved woodland, mainly oak and chestnut. The forests are home to wild boar; eagles nest on the mountain; black vultures visit daily to feed.
Ideal terrain for walkers, climbers, cyclists and nature lovers. Also an ideal area for lovers of historic sites.
Things to do in and around Bugarach: Visit the Cathar castles, in particular Peyrepetuse and Le Bezu; visit other historic sites in the area, including the medieval city of Carcassonne; hike the many footpaths, swim in the local lake, climb the Pic de Bugarach, go canyoning at the Gorges de Galamus and visit the Hermitage; visit the colourful Sunday market at Esperaza and the thermal baths and cafes of Rennes-les-Bains; visit Rennes-le-Chateau made famous by 'The Da Vinci Code'; sample local wines; take in one of the many village fetes, festivals and music events.
Bugarach village amenities: Bar/restaurant 'Les Saveurs de Terroir' is close to the house. 'Le Relais' - tea room, delicatessen and souvenir shop. Village post office - mornings only.
Food shopping: Daily bread van for baguettes etc. Organic vegetables and eggs on sale opposite house. Nearest supermarket - Couiza. Organic bakery and cafe in Luc-sur-Aude, organic winery 'Domaine de Mayrac' - both just outside Couiza and both highly recommended.
Cash: nearest ATM, Couiza post office; nearest bank Esperaza.
Nearest tourist office: Couiza
Nearest towns for all facilities: Limoux, Quillan